It's hard to stay healthy in the best conditions. Traveling makes it even harder. Whether you're taking the great American road trip or venturing to foreign parts unknown, you want to make sure your body is ready for the quest. Common sense applies, of course. Wash your hands. Don't drink the water. Think twice about eating meat on a stick.
There are also some cool tech gadgets you can bring with you to make sure your body can keep up with your adventurous ambitions. Here are a few of our favorites.
Misfit likes to call their device "the world's most elegant physical activity monitor." They might be right. In a market flooded with digital activity trackers that aim to keep you honest about your body in motion, the Misfit Shine stands out as a beautiful piece of tech you can wear on your wrist or clothing. Travelers to sunny climes with glistening oceans will appreciate its waterproof design. It works much like other trackers on the market, syncing wirelessly with your phone and using LEDs that light up to show your daily progress.
Satechi Portable HumidifierSatechi USB Portable Humidifier
It looks like something Peter Parker might have whipped up as a science project, but this portable humidifier is the real deal. All you do is screw the device onto nearly any water bottle and plug it into a USB outlet.
It creates a soothing environment - complete with a dim blue mood light – that can provide relief from cold, cough and flu symptoms, as well as itchy skin, congested sinuses and cracked lips. Add some scented oils and wait for the on-staff massage therapist (or your spouse) to complete the experience. When used with cold water the humidifier also acts as a refreshing mister.
Shiatsu Heated Foot MassagerShiatsu Heated Foot Massager
After a day of urban - or jungle - hiking this foot massager will become a welcome addition to your travel gadget collection. It combines Japanese acupressure techniques with heat therapy to soothe and relax sore and tired feet. It's also soft and highly transportable, encased in fleece that is as comfortable as slippers. The unit has two customizable rotating nodes that target pressure points on the soles, simulating the fingertip motions used in Shiatsu to relax the muscles and facilitate blood flow.
You can also adjust the heat settings to enhances blood circulation to soothe sore, tired muscles in the feet.
UV ScannerNano-UV Disinfection Scanner
This wand purports to kill 99.9% of targeted bacteria – E.Coli, Salmonella, and the H1N1 virus – in 10 seconds. It's also effective in killing dust mite eggs in pillows, bedding, and carpet. This thing will likely find use in your home as well as your hotel room. Use it to reduce dust mite populations and flea and bed bug eggs in mattresses, pillows and carpets. Just pass the wand over any area for 10 seconds and it's done.
Your hotel probably offers a wake up call, but they can't compete with this cool watch. The SleepTracker actually gives you insight into your personal sleeping habits. It has an internal accelerometer to detect movements associated with periods of restlessness that indicate when you are in a light sleep stage.
The unit then keeps a record of your moments of restlessness when you are almost awake and gives you the ability to upload your sleep data via USB to your computer and review it by day, week or month. Best of all, the SleepTracker can help you wake up at your optimum time by analyzing your sleep patterns. You'll be refreshed and ready for your next travel adventure.
SteriPen Freedom Solar Bundle Portable Water PurifierSteriPen Portable Water Purifier
The SteriPen Freedom is the worlds smallest, lightest UV water purifier. If you want to stay healthy abroad, you need to stay hydrated.
This purifier lets you do it in a lightweight, easy to use package that pus the power of the sun to work for you. The unit features an internal, USB-rechargeable battery that allows you to power up just about anywhere: from a wall outlet, a computer or the portable solar panel.
Acupressure Wrist BandsAcupressure Wrist Bands
If you're the type of traveler who gets queasy going to and fro, these acupressure wrist bands are the next best thing to having your acupressure therapist actually with you on the plane, boat or car. They're obviously drug free, inexpensive, and wrap around your wrists like a watch.
Once on, the bands apply gentle pressure to the acupressure points that relieve nausea.